By: Jake Perda
By now, you’ve probably heard about David Price’s run-ins with Steve Buckley and Evan Drellich following Wednesday night’s game in New York. If you haven’t, you can listen to Drellich tell his side of the story here. Regardless of the reason, I don’t particularly care if Price talks to the media. He has every right to stay silent as long as he takes the mound every 5 days. However, I have a major problem with the way that Price chose to go about handling his business.
Don’t get me wrong, if I were David Price, I would hate Boston too. The fans have been nothing short of relentless since his rough start to the 2016 season, and the media has not been much more forgiving. Not to mention, Price has spoken multiple times about being racially taunted while warming up in the bullpen at Fenway Park. David Price 100% deserves to be pissed off.
That being said, Price shouldn’t be surprised about the amount hate that he has received. When David Prive accepted a 217 million dollar deal to come to Boston, he had to have known about the environment. While I’m sure he expected to perform up to his usual Cy Young quality standards, he had to have realized that his massive contract would mean that, for better or for worse, he would be put under a 24/7 microscope by the media and the fans. Look at his former teammate, Carl Crawford. He’s been gone for nearly 5 years and people still won’t shut up about how much they hate him. That’s simply as reflection of how passionate Boston Sports fans are about their the success of their teams.
The bottom line is that David Price can not act this way. He was the one who decided to come to Boston, and in Boston, nobody is immune from being bashed by the fans and media. Not David Ortiz, not Tom Brady, nobody. Price is being paid so much money because he is supposed to be a professional athlete, but there is nothing professional about him going off on Steve Buckley and Evan Drellich, and then saying “Fuck them! Fuck them all. All of them.” with regard to the Boston media as a whole. What kind of example does that set for the younger fans who are supposed to see Price as a role model? When they are forced to work with people that they don’t like, should they take the “fuck them” approach and simply refuse to deal with them? Personally, I think the Sox should bring in Bill Belichick to talk to Price. If Chris Hogan pulled this shit, he’d be headed to Cleveland before he knew what had hit him.
Price was supposed to be one of the veterans that would help lead this team during the post-David Ortiz era. Instead, he has become a major problem who should not be looked up to by any young players or fans. On the bright side, Price’s ridiculous contract includes an opt-out following the 2018 season, which is something that I’m sure he will choose to take advantage of. Until then, it is Price’s responsibility to shut his mouth and play baseball. If he struggles, the fans and media members are going to talk about it. And whether he chooses to speak with them every day, every 5 days, or not at all, Price is going to have to deal with it.